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: Play School

Story: A Surprise for Max by HANNE TURK Presenters
Floella Benjamin , Ben Thomas
Written and directed by GREG CHILDS Producer SUE PETO
Executive producer CYNTHIA FELGATE


Unknown: Floella Benjamin
Pianist: Ben Thomas
Pianist: Peter Gosling
Editor: Denise Perrin
Directed By: Greg Childs
Producer: Cynthia Felgate

: Closedown

: The Mysteries of Hieronymus Bosch

Interpretations of Bosch's paintings have been varied and extreme: heresy, alchemy, drugs, witchcraft and, the most popular, that he was a member of a secret sect which practised orgies.
Nicholas Baum , who has been fascinated by these haunting paintings for many years, began his investigation in the belief that we would never know their full meaning. After a journey which took him to Holland, Spain. and Portugal, he is convinced that he has found the key.
Executive producer LESLIE MEGAHEY Produced by ANNE JAMES


Unknown: Nicholas Baum
Producer: Leslie Megahey
Produced By: Anne James

: The Great Race

A two-part documentary on the 1981-82 Whitbread Round the World Yacht Race. Part 1: Portsmouth - Cape Town - Auckland
As the summer of 1981 drew to a close, 28 ocean-racing yachts left the safety of Portsmouth harbour to face a 27,000-mile, nine-month test of boats and crews.
The varying fortunes of the two major British entries were recorded as they happened - by a film camera on Les Williams's FCF Challenger/First Co-operative, and by the first round-the-world video unit on Chay Blyth 's United Friendly.
Videotape editor ROGER JELBERT Producer MALCOLM ADAMS
(Part 2 will be shown tomorrow)


Unknown: Chay Blyth
Producer: Malcolm Adams

: Easter Matinee: Friendly Persuasion

Gary Cooper , Dorothy McGuire
Marjorie Main , Anthony Perkins
1862: a farm in Southern Indiana. Despite the onrush of the American Civil War, life for the Bird-well family is seemingly uneventful and guided by Quaker principles. But as the country they love is devastated by battle, raiders in. vade their homestead. Jess and his son Josh face a crisis as each must decide whether to take up arms or abide by his pacifist principles.
From the book by JESSAMYN WEST
Produced and directed by WILLIAM WYLER Films: page 11


Unknown: Gary Cooper
Unknown: Dorothy McGuire
Unknown: Marjorie Main
Unknown: Anthony Perkins
Book By: Jessamyn West
Directed By: William Wyler
Jess BirdweH: Gary Cooper
Eliza BirdweH: Dorothy McGuire
Widow Hudspeth: Marjorie Main
Josh Birdwell: Anthony Perkins
Little Jess: Richard Eyer
Sam Jordan: Robert Middleton
Mattie Birdwell: Phyllis Love
Gard Jordan: Mark Richman
Professor Quigley: Walter Catlett

: The Mystery of the Passion

Four programmes written and presented by Oliver Hunkin who looks at the events of Easter through the works of some of Europe's greatest painters.
2: The Crucifixion
(Tomorrow: Pieta)


Presented By: Oliver Hunkin

: War Requiem

by Benjamin Britten
Words from the Missa pro Defunctis and the poems Of WILFRED OWEN. with Jill Gomez (soprano) Robert Tear (tenor)
Stephen Roberts (baritone) Leipzig Radio Choir Dresden Boys' Choir
Chamber Orchestra of the Dresden Philharmonic
BBC Welsh Symphony Orchestra leader CHRISTOPHER WARREN-GREEN conducted by Herbert Kegel Introduced by RAY SMITH
Producer j. mervyn willums Director WOLFGANG NAGEL
A BBC WALES/GDR TV production


Unknown: Benjamin Britten
Unknown: Wilfred Owen.
Soprano: Jill Gomez
Baritone: Stephen Roberts
Leader: Christopher Warren-Green
Conducted By: Herbert Kegel
Introduced By: Ray Smith
Director: Wolfgang Nagel

: News Summary

with subtitles, followed by Weather

: Gardeners' World

Barnsdale Geoff Hamilton demonstrates some ideas for starting off vegetables and flowers as cheaply as possible. Mary Spiller prepares some plants in the herbaceous border.
Bonham Baseley prunes fruit trees to grow against the fence, and shows how to grow plums in tubs.
Production assistant JEAN LAUGIITON
Producer JOHN KENYON. BBC Pebble Mill


Unknown: Barnsdale Geoff Hamilton
Unknown: Mary Spiller
Unknown: Bonham Baseley
Producer: John Kenyon.

: Graham Greene - I Accuse

Novelist Graham Greene makes his first-ever appearance on television. at the age of 78, in a documentary about his recent book. J'Accuse. Set in Nice, playground of the world's rich. this story is no work of fiction. It is a factual account of Greene's recent experience after he became personally involved in a young friend's bitterly fought divorce suit.
J'Accuse is much more than the story of one woman's fight for custody of her child. In his efforts to seek justice for his friend, Greene has uncovered a trail of organised crime, passion and ruthless violence on the Cote d'Azure.
Written and narrated by Michael Dean
A BAVARIAN TELEVISION documentary presented for
BBC television by JILL DAWSON


Unknown: Graham Greene
Unknown: Michael Dean
Television By: Jill Dawson

: The Last Song

The last of seven programmes starring Geoffrey Palmer and Caroline Blakiston with Hetty Baynes , Gay Wilde
Film cameraman REX MAIDMENT Film editor SUE WYATT
Studio lighting RON BRISTOW Designer TOM YARDLEY-JONES
Produced and directed by SYDNEY LOTTERBY


Unknown: Carla Lane
Unknown: Geoffrey Palmer
Unknown: Caroline Blakiston
Unknown: Hetty Baynes
Unknown: Ron Bristow
Designer: Tom Yardley-Jones
Directed By: Sydney Lotterby
Leo: Geoffrey Palmer
Alice: Caroline Blakiston
Jane: Hetty Baynes
Alison: Gay Wilde
Mrs Riseman: Rhoda Lewis
Gillian: Lynda Marchal
Alan: John Pennington
Mr Coleman: Alan Starkey
Hospital Sister: Carolyn Lyster
First student: Max Gold
Second student: Nina Botting
Third student: Mark Hadfield

: Imaginary Friends

by GEORGE BAKER , adapted from a play by ROBERT KING starring
Peter Ustinov Lilli Palmer with Roger Rees
Ellen Pitblado , widow of a famous artist, lives in Gloucestershire in the 1930s. Although generally regarded as being somewhat of a recluse, Ellen receives regular visits from several gentlemen friends. As one of her visitors is leaving one evening, Douglas arrives-Ellen's nephew - a journalist and erstwhile novelist. Being down on his luck, it is Douglas's intention to extract money from his aunt by fair means or foul.
Can Ellen's gentlemen friends come to her aid, end, if so, how will they react to Douglas, and how is it that all the gentlemen bear a striking, and sinister resemblance to one another? Costume designer BARBARA KRONIG Lighting john TREAYS Designer COLIN SHAW Producer NEIL ZEIGER DirectorMICHAEL DARLOW


Unknown: George Baker
Play By: Robert King
Unknown: Peter Ustinov
Unknown: Lilli Palmer
Unknown: Roger Rees
Unknown: Ellen Pitblado
Designer: Barbara Kronig
Unknown: John Treays
Designer: Colin Shaw
Producer: Neil Zeiger
Director: Michael Darlow
Philip Lester: Peter Ustinov
Ellen Pitblado: Lilli Palmer
Douglas Pitblado: Roger Rees
Alice: Rosamund Greenwood
Grace: Amanda Leigh
Aimer, the landlord: Davyd Harries
Georse: Roy Evans
Tom: Cyril Cross

: News on 2

with Michael Buerk ; Weather


Unknown: Michael Buerk

: Woody Allen's Love and Death

The first of three films starring and directed by the master of modern American comedy with Diane Keaton
1812: a prison somewhere in Russia. Boris Grushenko awaits his execution and stoically looks back over his all-too-short life ... Woody Allen is at his most anarchic and irreverent in this frantic parody on Russian literature - and its filmic derivations.
Films: page 11
(Tomorrow: Sleeper)


Writer: Woody Allen
Producer: Charles H Joffe
Directer: Woody Allen
Boris: Woody Allen
Sonja: Diane Keaton
Old Nehamkin: Georges Adet
Drill sergeant: Frank Adu
Priest: Edmond Ardisson
Mikhail: Feodor Atkine
Waiter: Albert Augier
Rimsky: Yves Barsacq
Don Francisco: Lloyd Battista
General Lecoq: Jack Berard
Doctor: George Birt
Anton: Harold Gould

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